Registration Open for Placing Your PastPerfect Catalog Records Online August 24, 2022


Want to take your existing PastPerfect Museum Software collections to the next level and reach a larger audience? Learn how to place your catalog records online and in Indiana Memory during this virtual conversation. Presenter Joan Hostetler, director of The Indiana Album, will explain how to upload your catalog records into PastPerfect Online, including discussions about benefits, use of the web publishing tool, settings, creating a landing page, and cost. Once online, it is an easy step to automatically share your images and metadata via Indiana Memory, a database of the Indiana State Library that serves as a gateway to thousands of digitized items from archives, libraries, museums, and cultural institutions throughout the state.
Sponsored by the Indiana Memory DPLA Outreach Committee. Questions or comments in advance? Contact

Session will take place August 24th from 1:00-2:00

Please register in advance here:



September 1, 2021

Victoria Duncan, Rare Books and Manuscripts Supervisor at the Indiana State Library and Katie Farmer, Digital Projects Coordinator at the Indianapolis Public Library, will present tips to making the most out of the responsive version of CONTENTdm and tricks to working around common loading and indexing errors. They will also touch on the new version of the CONTENTdm Client.

Registration link:

Please join the IMDPLA Outreach and Metadata and Aggregation Committees for our monthly chat – The Importance of Metadata


August 4, 2021, 1pm (eastern)

Jill Black of the IMDPLA Metadata and Aggregation Committee will be discussing some of the important metadata fields, how to use them and what they contribute to your finished collection. We’ll look briefly at some tools you can use to improve your records. Finally, we’ll explore two different methods for getting your metadata harvested for participation in IMDPLA.

Registration link:

Registration open for “History at Your Fingertips: A Guide to Indiana Memory and Hoosier State Chronicles”


Join the IMDPLA Outreach Committee for the first in a series of monthly discussions on a variety of topics related to digital collections work. We’ll meet from 1 to 2:00 pm on the first Wednesday of every month beginning in July. The discussions are free and designed to meet the needs of varying institutional types and sizes.

Wednesday, July 7, 1-2:00 pm (EST)

“History at Your Fingertips”: A Guide to Indiana Memory and Hoosier State Chronicles

Join Justin Clark to learn more about Hoosier State Chronicles, Indiana’s statewide historical digital newspaper program, and Indiana Memory, a digital library containing materials from institutions across the state, are free resources from the Indiana State Library. This presentation will cover how researchers can use both collections, including search techniques, item descriptions, and application with other source repositories, such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Registration at the following link:

Reminder to Register for the IMDPLA Fest and Schedule


This is a reminder that this year’s IMDPLA Fest will take place on October 30th from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm. All of this year’s sessions will be conducted virtually using Zoom.

To register, fill out this form:

Registration is free and will close Friday, October 23rd.

The schedule for this year’s IMDPLA Fest can be found here:

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2020 IMDPLAFest


Join us for the 2020 IMDPLA Fest!

This annual event brings together representatives from public libraries, academic libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, and special libraries from around the state of Indiana who are engaged in (or considering) including digital material into the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The IMDPLA Fest is organized by the Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America (IMDPLA) Hub, but you do not need to be a member or contributing institution to attend.

Registration is free!

To register, fill out this form:

Registration will close Monday, October 23rd


Date: October 30, 2020 
Time: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm 
Location: Virtual (held via Zoom)

Keynote: Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, Data Fellow, DPLA

A detailed schedule of the 2020 IMDPLA Fest sessions will be shared soon.

IMDPLA Virtual Fest 2020 Call for Proposals – “Adaptation in Action”


The IMDPLA Advisory Council is seeking proposals for Indiana Memory (IM) DPLAFest 2020 “Adaptation in Action,” to be held Friday, October 30th. IMDPLAFest brings libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions together to celebrate Indiana’s Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Service Hub and share how they are using digital technology to better serve our communities across Indiana.

We’re excited to announce that this year’s IMDPLA Fest will be hosted 100% online. 

In keeping with this year’s theme “Adaptation in Action”, we invite proposals that leverage digital projects to adapt to a rapidly changing virtual culture. Of particular interest are projects that evolved to react to changing timelines and resources and user needs, as well as instances in which departments and teams have evolved in order to help their own or partnering institutions adapt to losing physical patrons and meeting the needs of nonprofessional educators.  Strong proposals showcase projects, ideas, and solutions designed to improve the field’s ability to adapt and provide broader access to information and materials.

We encourage proposals that highlight current digital library initiatives in the DPLA network hubs and contributing institutions.

Proposals may include presentations, demonstrations, and posters on topics including but not limited to:

  • Large or small scale digitization projects
  • Rapidly transitioning from traditional to digital formats
  • Developing rapid-response digital collecting initiatives
  • Engaging digital audiences
  • Adapting current materials
  • Using DPLA service hubs to support education initiatives 

Session Formats*:

Presentations (45 minutes)

Presentations are explorations into specific concepts/themes or updates on an ongoing project or initiative, given by an individual or a group of 2-4 presenters. Presentations should be project-focused and process-based. Presentations normally consist of 30 minutes of content, with an additional 15 minutes for questions and discussion though presenters are free to structure their session however they see fit.

Roundtable Discussions (45 minutes)

Roundtable Discussions are an opportunity for attendees to jointly examine a topic in depth. Proposals should outline why the discussion topic or question is compelling and important and what your expertise is on this topic. 

Tools/Digital Project Demonstrations (45 minutes)

Visual demonstrations introduce attendees to new technologies or practical tools, resources, and/or workflows utilized in the creation and management of digital collections assets and metadata. Demonstrations may also focus on adapting current technologies to fit changing needs. Demonstrations should have some sort of practical application and normally consist of 30 minutes of content, with an additional 15 minutes for questions and discussion though presenters are free to structure their session however they see fit. 

Since this year’s IMDPLA Fest is completely virtual, we’re looking forward to accepting creative ideas to demonstrate projects and tools. Please note, pre-recorded demonstrations will be accepted.

Digital Posters (Time to be determined)

Digital Posters offer the opportunity to share and discuss projects, programs, research, ideas, exhibitions, and other digital collections-related initiatives, presented in poster format. Digital Posters will be shared during lunch. 

*The IMDPLAFest planning committee may request that you consider an alternative session format upon review.

The deadline to submit a session proposal is August 7th.

To propose a session, please complete the form at this link:

Now accepting nominations for the IMDPLA Advisory Council


Indiana Memory Digital Public Library of America (IMDPLA) is seeking nominations for the Advisory Council and is seeking representatives from the following organizations:

  • Museums
  • Archives
  • Public Libraries
  • Academic Libraries
  • Historical Societies
  • Special Libraries

Please send nominations (self-nominations are encouraged) to by Friday, July 31, 2020.

All nominees must be Participant entities and have a signed data exchange agreement on file with the State Library permitting access to IN Memory and DPLA. For a list of IMDPLA contributors, click here.

More information on the IMDPLA Advisory Council
The mission and purpose of the IMDPLA Advisory Council is to promote the effective functioning of IMDPLA.

IMDPLA Advisory Council services are as follows:

  1. Formulates policies pertaining to IMDPLA function, services, and mission
  2. Makes recommendations regarding IMDPLA function, services, and mission
  3. Acts upon recommendations pertaining to IMDPLA
  4. Advises the Indiana State Library on matters that are primarily IndianaMemory related but overlap with IMDPLA

IMDPLA Term Commitment

Terms on the IMDPLA Advisory Council are 3 years. Individuals may be
re-elected to serve two consecutive terms.

Read more on the IMDPLA Governance, here.

If you have any questions about serving on the IMDPLA Advisory Council, please reach out to

Copyright Workshop Postponed


The State of Indiana has issued a cancellation of non-essential meetings and travel for all state employees for the next 6 weeks.  This policy requires us to postpone the Copyright Workshop originally scheduled for April 27, 2020.  The Metadata and Aggregation Committee is currently working on determining a new date for the workshop and will communicate that information at the soonest possible time